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S-2-0 Student Media

  1. Definition of Student Media
    In order to qualify as a student media source, all of the following conditions must be met:
    1. The media source serves the general welfare and takes into account the variety of interests and issues of the College community; and
    2. Students play the primary leadership role in the production of the news and editorial content, whether that media source is print, radio, television or other electronic means of communication; and
    3. The primary purpose of the media source is to report to and distribute to the general student body; and
    4. Student fees and/or general fund dollars support the media source.

  2. Recognizing New Media Sources

    Any COCC student or student group wishing to initiate a single or serial media source under the auspices of Central Oregon Community College, its name, derivations thereof, or logo with the intent of general distribution to the campus or Central Oregon community, must apply to the COCC Student Affairs Committee for approval. All media sources which meet the definition of student media (see Section A) are subject to this approval process

    As of 2012-13, The Broadside was COCC's only recognized student media source.

    1. Proposal Contents

      To apply for student media recognition, the student(s) must submit a proposal, which includes the following minimum information:

      1. Goals and intent of media source
      2. Proposed content and area of focus
      3. Intended audience
      4. Estimated cost
      5. Source of funds
      6. Names and backgrounds of potential first year staff
      7. Advisor name (must be COCC faculty or staff with expertise in the media type and intent). During trial status, this assignment may be on a voluntary basis. However, should the media source move to permanent status, the advisor position may be assigned to the College's general student media advisor if workload and budget dollars permit
      8. Description of advisory board. Advisory Board must be composed of at least three COCC faculty and/or staff, including at least one member with expertise in the type of media being proposed. Responsibilities of the Advisory Board including meeting on a regular basis (to be determined through advisory board charter) to approve an annual and/or quarterly operations budget, hire and train new senior editor/manager annually and provide a critique on the media source. This critique will cover the quality, range and depth of editorial coverage and design of the media outlet.
      9. If a serial media source, plan for continuing beyond initial year.
      10. Criteria by which it will evaluate its effectiveness in meeting media source's intent or goals.

      Student(s) may include any additional information that may help the Student Affairs Committee make its decision.

    2. Approval Criteria: Trial Status

      Criteria for approving the new student media source include but are not limited to, the following:
      1. The proposed media source must provide a unique focus, intent and/or format, one that is not currently being provided by an existing source;
      2. The financial forecast for the media outlet must be sustainable;
      3. The student senior editor/manager must hold skills appropriate to the media type; d. A COCC employee must agree to serve as the media source's advisor and the advisor has the appropriate skills and training as related to the media type and intent.
      4. An advisory board has been established to provide professional guidance and expertise to the media source.

      The COCC Student Affairs Committee, or a sub-committee appointed by the Student Affairs Committee approves all new student media proposals.

    3. Approval Criteria: Permanent Status

      Once initial approval is received, the publication will be on "trial status" for two years. In order to receive permanent status, the following conditions must be met:

      1. The media source has demonstrated its effectiveness based on original goals and intent; and
      2. The media source is still in operation and has a viable and sustainable student staffing structure in place; and
      3. A permanent funding source has been identified; and
      4. After an assessment of the return on investment of staff time and resources, the College is able to allocate general fund dollars towards expanding the existing media advisor's role or creating a new advisor position to include the new media; and
      5. The College has determined an appropriate advisory board structure to support new and existing media sources.

    The above information will be submitted to the Student Affairs Committee for review and approval.

    If the above conditions cannot be met, the COCC Student Affairs Committee will determine appropriate next steps. Decisions of the Student Affairs Committee may be appealed to the Dean of Student and Enrollment Services.